Salt Lake City: From Health Care Reform to the State of the Industry

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One of the thrills of journalism is having a front-row seat to history. Indeed, any journalist worth his/her salt wants to be on the front lines when something important is happening, be it the fire down the street or a singular event on the other side of the world.

That inquisitive spirit should be enough to prompt long-time NCEW members, along with newcomers to our venerable organization, to attend this year's convention in Salt Lake City.

The sessions planned for September 23-26 at the Hilton Hotel, of course, will involve experts discussing some of the most vital national issues of the day. It will be enlightening to hear what former Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has to say about health care reform, and how a panel of experts approaches the nation's energy revolution.

Beyond that are critical questions about the future of the news industry itself, including the craft of editorializing and opinion writing. No one will want to miss hearing the studied insights of MediaNews Group CEO (and AP board chair) Dean Singleton, as well as Pulitzer-winning reporter/columnist/editor John Hughes. …